Thursday, December 27, 2007
KOMAR AND MELAMID
You may remember Russian graphic artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid from the time they combined survey results to ascertain popular preferences in art, and came up with the most pleasing,"perfect" painting. Of course, these Ruskies are having a laugh, right? (Komar and Melamid founded sots art, a strange combination of conceptual art and Soviet pop art, with some Dada thrown in for good measure) America's Most Wanted Art is shown above -- a landscape, with natural beauty and wildlife, and a beloved historic figure, George Washington. K and M made their point -- not only about the weakness of collectivist art, art by committee, but also a little slap at popular art itself.
Well, the Ruskies have done it again. This time they've collated their surveys and come up with the perfect popular song. According to the duo, "most participants desire music of moderate duration (approximately 5 minutes), moderate pitch range, moderate tempo, and moderate to loud volume, and display a profound dislike of the alternatives."
What do you think? See if your tastes are mainstream normal -- click the button to hear The Most Wanted Song.
Alternative tastes? Follow a different drummer? According to K and M, fewer than two hundred people worldwide will enjoy The Most Unwanted Song: